Clinical Trials Recruiting Patients

Vestibular Research Studies

Below are clinical studies that are currently recruiting research study participants.

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Vestibular Rehabilitation utilizing Virtual Environments to Train Sensory Integration for Postural Control

Objective: Compare balance training in a novel virtual reality app to 'standard' vestibular balance training.

Participant Information: Eligibility: Adult patients (18 or older) with a clinical diagnosis of chronic (3 months and longer) unilateral peripheral vestibular hypofunction.
Number of participants: 28
Schedule: 2 assessment sessions, 8 intervention sessions (once per week), 1 post assessment session.
Procedure: balance assessment of 60-90 minutes; intervention will include vestibular rehabilitation with or without immersive virtual reality training (depending on randomization); repeat balance assessment.
Information gathered: demographics, medical history, self-reported questionnaires, functional balance tests, postural sway measures from force plate and head movement from virtual reality headset.
Expenses: None
Reimbursement: participants will receive a $20 gift card for each assessment (for a total of $60).

Study Status: Recruiting

Study Results Expected: Sep. 01, 2021 |

Sponsor: New York University Physical Therapy & New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

Collaborators: NIH REACT

Contact Info: Jennifer Kelly
Tel: 646-438-7868

Location: 380 2nd Ave, New York, NY

E-Mail: [email protected]


Objective: Research suggests patients with vestibular migraine (VM) experience frequent misdiagnoses.

Participant Information: The participants will comprise a convenience sample of adult (>18yrs) patients with a self-report diagnosis of Vestibular Migraine. As a population based study, we desire to recruit as many as possible within the recruitment
channels available and within the 3-month time period. A prospective online survey will be administered to adults (>18y/o) who have a self-reported diagnosis of VM.
The expected time commitment per participant is 10-15 minutes.
The survey will be anonymous and will ask a series of questions such as; the time from symptom onset to diagnosis, how many health care visits/tests they underwent, how many different health care practitioners did they see until they got their diagnosis etc including demographics such as age, gender and country of residence.
Study Status: Recruiting, Access here.
Study Results Expected: May. 30, 2020 |
Sponsor: The University of Melbourne
Contact Info:
Donella Chisari
The University of Melbourne, Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology,
Parkville Victoria Australia 3050
Location: Worldwide, given study is online. Data collection (of online responses) and analysis will occur in Melbourne, Australia.
E-Mail: [email protected]

Multichannel vestibular implant early feasibility study

Objective: Study the safety and effectiveness of an implanted inner ear stimulator system designed to restore vestibular sensation.

Participant Information: Please see the Vestibular Implant Study link at for details regarding study inclusion criteria and how to apply to participate. Five subjects will be implanted in the first study. Potential candidates should have bilateral loss of vestibular sensation of at least one year duration, inadequate recovery despite adequate vestibular rehab, good hearing in at least one ear, prior testing (including audiogram, caloric tests, MRI of the internal auditory canals) confirming the diagnosis and showing that they are otherwise healthy, and motivation and ability to undergo implantation surgery and to participate in device activation continuous device use for 3 months, device activation, and quarterly monitoring visits until a year after surgery.

Study Status: Recruiting
Study Results Expected: Jan. 01, 2018 |
Sponsor: NIH-NIDCD, John Hopkins School of Medicine; Labyrinth Devices, LLC
Contact Info: Study Coordinators Carolina Treviño and Kelly Lane (401) 955-7876 [email protected]

More Information and an application to participate can be accessed via the Vestibular Implant Trial link at www.jhu.ed/vnel

Location: Johns Hopkins Vestiblar NeuroEngineering Lab; Baltimore, Maryland USA
NCT Number: NCT02725463
E-Mail: [email protected]

A new diagnostic test to measure vestibular function

Objective: Validate a novel method to measure the extent of loss of vestibular function.

Participant Information: We are recruiting a limited number of patients with either bilateral (both sides) or unilateral (one side) loss of vestibular function. Participants wear a pair of goggles and keep head in the upright position and then tilted to each shoulder for a few minutes. As part of this study you will also have vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP), a standard test used to evaluate vestibular function. You will be compensated for your time for participating in this study. Costs for parking at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center Garage will be covered.

Location: Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD.

Contact: Please email [email protected] or phone 410-955-3319 for more information or submitting medical records.

Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy for CGF166 in Patients With Bilateral Severe-to-profound Hearing Loss

Purpose: The goal of the current study is to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and the potential ability of CGF166 delivered through IL-infusion to improve hearing and vestibular function. CGF166 is a recombinant adenovirus 5 (Ad5) vector containing a cDNA encoding the human Atonal transcription factor (Hath1).

Location: Kansas City, KS; Baltimore, MD; New York, NY. Read more

 Why is vision stable during walking?

Purpose: Objective:To identify a novel and practical means of assessing vestibular function during a functional task 
Participant Information:13 Individuals with vestibulopathy (bilateral vestibular loss) and 13 healthy individuals are being recruited for this study. 
Walking portions of this study (~1 hour including set up) will be conducted at the gait and motion analysis lab at Kennedy Kreiger Institute and the portion of the study involving sitting on a motion platform (~2.5 hours) will be conducted in room 710 in the Ross Building.  Any vestibular function testing will be conducted in The Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, Department of Otolaryngology.
For participating in this study you will be compensated $50.  Costs for parking at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center Garage will be covered.
Location: Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD. Email [email protected] or phone (410) 564-7828 for more information.

Genetic Analysis of Hereditary Disorders of Hearing and Balance

Purpose: To identify the genetic causes of hereditary hearing loss or balance disorders.
Location: Bethesda, MD. Read more

Clinical and Molecular Analysis of Enlarged Vestibular Aqueducts

Purpose: To identify and understand the genetic factors that lead to enlarged vestibular aqueducts
Location: Bethesda, MD. Read more


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